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Inside the Recording of Billy Cobham’s Crosswinds: Time Lapse Photos

A look at Sweetwater Studios in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, and its senior producer/engineer Mark Hornsby

Mark Hornsby
Sweetwater Studios’ Mark Hornsby (photo: Erick Anderson)

When Billy Cobham was scouting locations to record his new album, Crosswinds: Time Lapse Photos, it didn’t take him long to decide that Sweetwater Studios, in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, was going to be one of them. “It’s like a cathedral, an institution, with all that you could ever want,” the drummer says. “All you needed was an engineer that knew what it was all about.”

With Mark Hornsby, Cobham got more than he’d hoped for: a seasoned technician with an appreciation for Cobham’s place in music history. “Billy is known as a jazz cat, but he’s far deeper than that,” Hornsby says. “He’s a very diverse musician and person. We hit it off from a personality point of view first and foremost, and that set the stage for—as it always does—working in the studio together. When Billy first toured the studio, he said, ‘This is a really cool vibe you’ve got going here. Let’s talk some more.’”

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Jeff Tamarkin is the former editor of Goldmine, CMJ, Relix, and Global Rhythm. As a writer he has contributed to the New York Daily News, JazzTimes, Boston Phoenix, Harp, Mojo, Newsday, Billboard, and many other publications. He is the author of the book Got a Revolution: The Turbulent Flight of Jefferson Airplane and has contributed to The Guinness Companion to Popular Music, All Music Guide, and several other encyclopedias. He has also served as a consultant to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, NARAS, National Geographic Online, and Music Club Records.